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Big Eyes—Movie Review

18 hours ago | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

True stories often trump anything a writer can imagine, and Big Eyes is the latest example. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who wrote Ed Wood, The People Vs. Larry Flynt, and Man in the Moon, have scored again in telling the real-life saga of Margaret Keane, the woman whose paintings of wistful, big-eyed children blanketed America in the 1960s. The only trouble was that her husband Walter took credit for the artwork while she cowered in his shadow. Amy Adams adds another excellent performance to her formidable résumé. It’s all the more impressive because of the character’s nature: how do you convincingly portray someone who is so utterly repressed? Adams...

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- Leonard Maltin

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How Christoph Waltz Got 'Big Eyes' Made

24 December 2014 12:51 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Filmmakers Tim Burton did embrace "Ed Wood," and Milos Forman championed both "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and Andy Kaufman portrait "Man on the Moon." But many other scripts sat on the shelf, from "Ripley's Believe It or Not" to biopics about the Marx Brothers, The Village People, Sid and Marty Krofft and Rollen Stewart a.k.a. "Rainbow Man."  This time Alexander and Karaszewski were hoping to direct "Big Eyes" themselves. But when suddenly Christoph Waltz offered an opportunity to get the film made, they grabbed that chance. We spoke on the phone about how their Weinstein Co. Christmas movie finally came about, below.  Next up for the duo: they've spent almost a year writing a ten-hour FX mini-series, their first foray into television, for producer Nina Jacobson ("The Hunger Games").  It's about the Oj Simpson trial, which is too "unbelievably rich," says Karaszewski, to be done as a. »

- Anne Thompson

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David Schwimmer Joins FX's Oj-Themed American Crime Story as Robert Kardashian

19 December 2014 3:15 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

David Schwimmer‘s newest friend: Oj Simpson.

The Friends actor is set to play Oj pal-turned-defense attorney Robert Kardashian in FX’s American Crime Story: The People V. Oj Simpson, TVLine has learned.

American Crime Story, from American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, got a straight-to-series order in October — with a 10-episode first season focusing on the murder trial of NFL star Simpson, who was accused and ultimately acquitted of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson.

As we previously reported, Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) and Emmy-nominated Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) will play O.J. Simpson and prosecutor Marcia Clark, »

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Cuba Gooding Jr. is O.J. Simpson and Sarah Paulson is Marcia Clark in Ryan Murphy’s new miniseries American Crime Story

10 December 2014 9:46 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first installment of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson has revealed some major casting news. According to Deadline, the show has just picked up Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson for its lead roles.

This first installment of American Crime Story is to be based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson and will provide viewers a look at the O.J. Simpson trial from the perspective of the lawyers. It will explore the chaos behind the scenes, as well as in the courtroom, of one of the most widely recognized court cases in all of America. Followup seasons of the series will each focus on different famous true crimes.

Gooding Jr. will play football star-turned-accused murderer Simpson in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, while Paulson will take on the role of prosecutor Marcia Clark. »

- William Fanelli

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Final Draft Names ‘Big Eyes’ Writers To Hall Of Fame

9 December 2014 6:50 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Screenwriting software co. Final Draft will award Big Eyes duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski with its 2015 Hall of Fame honors at its annual Final Draft Awards, to be held February 12 on the Paramount lot. Alexander and Karaszewski join a list of previous Hall of Famers including Nancy Meyers, Lawrence Kasdan, Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Robert Towne, Stephen J. Cannell, Oliver Stone, Syd Field and Sydney Pollack and will be feted at the awards event hosted by writer-actors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

Big Eyes, the true tale of artist Margaret Keane and her battle to win recognition for her famed paintings of large-eyed waifs from a credit-stealing hubby, stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz and marks the writers’ latest collaboration with director Tim Burton. Alexander and Karaszewski’s previous big screen portraits of larger than life characters include WGA-nominated Ed Wood, Golden Globe winning The People Vs. Larry Flynt, »

- Jen Yamato

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Will Portray O.J. Simpson In American Crime Story; Sarah Paulson to Play Marcia Clark

9 December 2014 4:16 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Wow, this is sort of out of left field (like everything Ryan Murphy does) but I can't wait to see where it goes.  You'll recall that we first reported on Murphy's new series (one of several, actually) American Crime Story just a few months ago.  Back then we only knew that it would focus on the O.J. Simpson trial (specifically the book The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin) and that the scripts for the first two episodes would be written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People Vs. Larry Flynt) instead of by Murphy and his producing/writing partner Brad Falchuk (I'd be happy if Alexander and Karaszewski wrote all ten). Now it has been revealed that Cuba Gooding Jr. will play Simpson with Murphy regular Sarah Paulson portraying the prosecutor on the case, Marcia Clark.  Hit the jump for more on American Crime Story. »

- Evan Dickson

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Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson Cast As O.J. Simpson and Marcia Clark in FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

9 December 2014 3:10 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“The People vs. O.J. Simpson” has found its leads.

Cuba Gooding Jr. will play football star-turned-murder defendant O.J. Simpson, and Sarah Paulson will portray prosecutor Marcia Clark in the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology miniseries for FX, “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.”

Oscar winner Gooding Jr. (“Jerry Maguire”) is currently appearing in “Selma” and is in production on “The Book of Negroes.” Emmy nominee Paulson is now starring in “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and recently completed production on Todd Haynes’ latest film, “Carol,” alongside Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Murphy developed “American Crime Story” to focus each season on a different true crime story that made headlines. The first installment is based on the book “The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin.

“American Crime Story” will be a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson Land Lead Roles in American Crime Story: The People V. Oj Simpson

9 December 2014 3:10 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

“Show me the money evidence!”

That could (but probably won’t) be the tagline for FX’s American Crime Story: The People V. Oj Simpson, now that Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) and Emmy-nominated Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) have landed the lead roles of O.J. Simpson and prosecutor Marcia Clark.

American Crime Story, from American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, got a straight-to-series order in October — with a 10-episode first season focusing on the murder trial of NFL star Simpson, who was accused and ultimately acquitted of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson.

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Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson to star in O.J. Simpson trial miniseries from Ryan Murphy

9 December 2014 3:10 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Producer Ryan Murphy has cast two major roles in his 10-episode FX miniseries take on the O.J. Simpson trial. Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire, The Butler) has been cast as football star turned murder defendant Simpson and Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) has landed the role of prosecutor Marcia Clark. The project will mark the debut season of Murphy's American Crime Story, the Glee and American Horror Story co-creator's upcoming anthology series that dramatizes major headline-making true crime stories. In a way, it's like a nonfiction version of HBO's True Detective -- which is often described as a crime drama »

- James Hibberd

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Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson set for Acs: People v. O.J. Simpson

9 December 2014 11:18 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Back in October we shared with you the news that Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story would be getting a spinoff called American Crime Story.  We only knew that the 10-episode first season would focus on the O.J. Simpson trial as told in the book "The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson" by Jeffrey Toobin and that the first two episodes would be written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People Vs. Larry Flynt). Now it has been revealed »

- Graham McMorrow

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‘Big Eyes’ True Story So Crazy Filmmakers Had To Tone It Down: The Contenders

19 November 2014 11:54 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Director Tim Burton and producer/screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are admittedly drawn to telling tales of characters working on the fringe of society, and particularly about oddball artists of one stripe or another. In our latest video (see above) from The Contenders, Deadline’s annual Oscar showcase, Alexander and Karaszewski talk about what drew them to the stranger-than-fiction story.

The first collaboration between the three came 20 years ago with Ed Wood, about the eccentric and kitschy film director behind Plan 9 From Outer Space (often accorded the ‘honor’ of worst film ever made). Burton’s movie, however, won two Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Martin Landau.

Two decades later, the three are again telling an offbeat story set in a creative environment. Big Eyes, which opens on Christmas and is distributed by The Weinstein Company, is the story of Margaret and Walter Keane.

Five-time Oscar nominee »

- Pete Hammond

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Film Review: ‘Big Eyes’

14 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but they wind up revealing far too little in “Big Eyes,” an unpersuasive, paint-by-numbers account of the fraud perpetrated by Walter Keane, who succeeded in fooling the public and amassing a fortune by passing off his wife Margaret’s paintings as his own. Despite Amy Adams’ affecting performance as an artist and ’50s/’60s housewife complicit in her own captivity, this relatively straightforward dramatic outing for Tim Burton is too broadly conceived to penetrate the mystery at the heart of the Keanes’ unhappy marriage — the depiction of which is dominated by an outlandish, ogre-like turn from Christoph Waltz that increasingly seems to hold the movie hostage. Still, the tale’s colorfully entertaining veneer and the name talents involved should draw an appreciative number of arthouse patrons to the Weinstein Co. release, set to open Christmas Day.

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- Justin Chang

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Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ Paints Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz Into Awards Race

14 November 2014 3:28 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

“I’ve always wanted to do a very serious courtroom drama,” joked Tim Burton on Thursday night at the world premiere of Big Eyes, the incredible true story of Margaret and Walter Keane, whose kitschy paintings of saucer-eyed children became mass-marketed sensations in the 1960s. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz play the married artists whose pop success concealed a secret that later exploded in a famously zany 1986 court case: For a decade, the self-promoting Walter claimed he created the Waifs (while making millions from them), when it was Margaret who’d held the brush.

Adams gives a nuanced performance as Margaret, a timid single mother in the male-dominated 1950s who allows her showy second husband to co-opt her painfully personal art, becoming increasingly trapped in the lie as their fortunes swell. The Weinstein Co. has set a Christmas qualifying run and is already aggressively screening Big Eyes for awards voters, »

- Jen Yamato

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A Look Back at Edward Norton’s Career

5 November 2014 11:03 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Edward Norton hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar in fifteen years — since 1999’s lead actor nomination for American History X — but his supporting role in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) may result in a third Oscar nomination for the actor.

The film stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor trying to reclaim his glory by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway show. Norton costars as Mike, an arrogant actor who has been cast in the play. The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis said Norton was “pitch-perfect, perfectly cast.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy described Norton as “crackerjack as the bad boy actor whose gigantic ego does constant battle with equally large insecurities.”

Norton told NPR, “I think it was one of the most creatively satisfying experiences I’ve had — and I think it’s an incredibly audacious and very rare movie. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Courtney Love cast in upcoming Fox drama

23 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Courtney Love is coming to Fox's primetime. The singer/actress has joined the cast of midseason hip-hop drama Empire in a recurring guest star role. Empire stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, the head of a record label. Love will play Elle Dallas, "a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment’s stable of artists." The Hole singer's most recent acting gig was on another show in the Fox family, FX's Sons of Anarchy, and she had had major roles in films such as The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Man in the Moon. Other previously announced »

- James Hibberd

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Courtney Love Joins Fox's ‘Empire’ as Recurring Guest

23 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hole frontwoman Courtney Love has signed on to join Fox's “Empire” as a recurring guest star. Love will play hard rocker Elle Dallas, who is part of the fictitious Empire Entertainment's stable of artists. The real singer and guitarist's acting career hit a high note when she was nominated for a Golden Globe for 1996's “The People vs. Larry Flynt.” Love was most recently on “Sons of Anarchy.” See video: The Battle for ‘Gotham’ Reaches Full Boil in Latest Fox Trailer Other guest stars on the upcoming series include Naomi Campbell, Cuba Gooding, Jr. (“Jerry Maguire”), Gabourey Sidibe (“American Horror Story »

- Tony Maglio

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'Fight Club' Facts: 15 Things You Didn't Know About the David Fincher Classic

15 October 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Let's break the first rule of "Fight Club" and talk about "Fight Club." In fact, people haven't stopped talking about it since it was released 15 years ago this week, on October 15, 1999.

David Fincher's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's satirical novel, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, continues to fascinate with its portrayal of masculinity in crisis, its cathartic bare-knuckle violence, its anarchic critique of capitalism (and its humanist critique of that critique), and its mind-bending third-act plot twist that throws Norton's entire narration into doubt. It's a movie that makes you feel the same rush the characters feel, then makes you question yourself for enjoying that rush.

Despite endless analysis and late-night dorm-room bull sessions, there's still plenty about "Fight Club" that you may not know, from who almost played Tyler Durden to how they gave Meat Loaf his "bitch tits." Read on, and share these items with your single-serving friends. »

- Gary Susman

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Witches, Then Freaks, Now O.J. Simpson: Murder Trial to Be the Focus of ‘American Horror Story’ Spin-Off

8 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ryan Murphy, pioneer of the drastically-different-yet-eerily-similar Glee and American Horror Story (they’re both just so cheery), has announced his latest TV venture. And it’s something just as offbeat: a 10-episode TV adaptation of Jeffrey Toobin‘s “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which will form the first season of his newly minted American Crime Story spin-off series. Which we all saw coming, obviously. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy is recruiting some top courtroom talent for what’s being titled American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (screenwriters of The People vs. Larry Flynt) are scripting the first two episodes, while Murphy will direct an unknown amount. The People v. O.J. Simpson, which started off as a Fox miniseries before being shipped over to FX, will focus on the trial — and the hodgepodge of media crazy that followed it — from the perspective of the »

- Adam Bellotto

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TV News: ‘American Horror Story’ Gets Companion Series, ‘Uncle Buck' In The Works At ABC And More

8 October 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ever the provocateur, Ryan Murphy is capitalizing on the success of “American Horror Story” and the buzz surrounding its upcoming freak-show themed season by announcing a new companion series, “American Crime Story.” The show will also be a scripted FX anthology, but will center on infamous true crimes. Take a wild guess at the first season’s subject. Yup, it’s O.J. Simpson. The first installment will be directed by Murphy from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who have some courtroom drama experience as the writers of “The People vs. Larry Flynt.” [Deadline] In other television news, cult hit “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,” created by and starring David Cross, will be resurrected on IFC in 2015, three years after the first two six-episode seasons officially wrapped. Cast member Sharon Horgan is confirmed for the cast, but no word yet whether Will Arnett, Spike Jonze, or Blake Harrison will return. »

- Tess Hofmann

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'American Horror Story' Creator Plots New Series 'American Crime Story'

7 October 2014 3:44 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The gothic anthology series American Horror Story will get a true crime makeover next year as the show's creator and producer Ryan Murphy announced that FX has given the go-ahead to start work on the companion series American Crime Story.

TV Line reports that for the show's first season, Murphy will focus on a case that resonates with many Americans: The O.J. Simpson trial. The show has already received a straight-to-series order, meaning that it is bypassing the pilot stage and going right into production with a 10-episode order.

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